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Wedding Ceremony Readings

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Listed below are some selected readings that you might like to incorporate into your wedding ceremony. Our Officiants at Minister Services can incorporate the below readings into your wedding ceremony to create the perfect day.
1 Corinthians
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. So Faith, Hope and Love abide these three; But the Greatest of these is Love!
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.
If one falls down, his companion can lift him up. But pity the man who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together they will keep warm. But how can one be warm alone? Though another may overpower one, two can defend themselves. And a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Then they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Kahlil Gibran
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
And, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each other be alone. Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together; for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
Remember that love gives nothing but from itself. Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. And think not that you can direct the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, will direct your course.
Apache Prayer
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you, His Life, Her life and Your life together. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth
Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
Please continue to revisit Readings by Richard to view personal messages and additional readings added by Reverend Richard Gordon. You can also contact us for more information at 713-208-2025.

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Wedding Ceremonies

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

Many couples today are choosing to have a non-religious and or non-traditional ceremony. Wedding ceremonies these days can vary so greatly and many newlyweds opt to create their own customized wedding instead. The officiant that you choose to conduct your wedding should guide you in creating your own unique ceremony that fits your needs as a couple or a new family. The Officiants at Minister Services can help you create your personal Alternative Custom Wedding Ceremony.
Most wedding ceremonies contain the following elements.

Wedding processional
This starts the beginning of the ceremony. Typically a song is chosen for the entrance of the parents and grandparents, then a different song is chosen for the entrance of the wedding party, and then finally the bride is introduced to a different song. There are more common songs such as Canon in D and the Bridal Chorus, however more and more bride and grooms are choosing music that is unique to them. It is completely at your discretion.
Readings, scripture, or poetry
Some couples take quotes from the bible, others have a favorite poem, or something that they have written themselves. If you don’t have something, don’t worry we have readings for every type of wedding that are truly touching. Check out our Readings by Richard in the Minister Service Blog for some ideas. In some wedding ceremonies couples will read a poem to each other as another way to express their love.
Wedding Vows
Couples can either write their own vows or repeat after the officiant words that express their vow to love one another always.
Exchange of the Rings
This takes place when the couple exchanges wedding rings as a symbol of their love and commitment to one another. Additionally, some Officiants will perform the Blessing of the Rings which is the seal of the vow made to one another and it symbolizes living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.
Unity Ceremony
Wedding ceremonies used to typically consist of the unity candle ceremony. This is when the couples light their own individual candle, and then they light one candle together. Now many couples choose to have the sand ceremony. This is a unity ceremony but can also involve other members of the family such as children from a previous marriage or the parents. The bride and groom poor different color sand into one container and parents or a child can pour their own sand into the same container as well. The sand ceremony is very popular for blended families and for beach weddings and carries the same symbolism as the unity candle ceremony.
Pronouncement of Marriage and Recessional
This is the best part! The couple is introduced as husband and wife and they exit the ceremony. The wedding party follows them and then the guests exit as well.

While there is a lot more to wedding ceremonies hopefully this article provides an overall idea of what to expect.  For more information on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony and additional ceremony options, please contact us or continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.


Readings by Reverend Richard Gordon

Posted in Readings by Richard

Welcome to Readings by Richard.

Reverend Richard Gordon

I am Reverend Richard Gordon, a non-denominational Minister specializing in Weddings, Baptisms, and Memorial Services throughout the greater Houston Texas area. This particular area of the Minister Services Blog is where I share my personal writings with you. I hope you check back often to see new additions.

Throughout the Minister Services website we strive to provide information to assist you. Whether it is a time of honoring loved ones who have passed, or celebrating the future, we would be honored to take part in your ceremony.

Please call 713-208-2025 or Contact Us via email for a complimentary phone discussion to see how we may be of service.

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